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Edward C. McGawley

302 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-1387
Fax: (225) 578-1415


Ph.D., University of Kentucky - 1977

Areas of Specialization/Research:

The nematology program has responsibility for evaluating the influence of plant parasitic nematodes on agriculturally important plant species. Ongoing projects include the monitoring of species and races of nematodes associated primarily with cotton, soybean, sugarcane, rice and vegetables; evaluation of the impacts of pest complexes on soybean and cotton; and screening of promising new methods of nematode management.

Teaching Experience:

Nematology annually and Introductory Plant Pathology Semi-annually. Over the years, Ed McGawley has also taught Integrated Pest Management, and Honors Biology at LSU. He also guest lectures in Invertebrate Zoology at LSU and Southeastern Louisiana University and in Plant Disease Management and Control at LSU.

Research Contribution:

Activities conducted by personnel in the nematology project address responsibilities in both the basic and applied areas of research. Currently, Yuhong Li is investigating whether or not molecular techniques can be employed to test our hypothesis that distinct pathotypes exist among populations of Rotylenchulus reniformis (Rr). Michael Pontif is in the final stages of his Ph.D. studies on the interaction of Rr with indigenous weed species on cotton and soybean. Joy Bruce-Sumner, a beginning M.S. student, is studying the effects of temperature on egg production by and infectivity of Rr. Ed McGawley has responsibility for oversight of the nematology project and is currently involved in the final stages of development of a new, environmentally responsible, nematicide. Over the years, nematology personnel, in cooperation with other AgCenter scientists, have documented nematode disease complexes of pine, rice, soybean and cotton; have monitored shifts in genera, species and races, distribution, and pathogenicity of all important plant parasitic nematodes; and evaluated the efficacy of all labeled and many experimental nematicides and other management practices used in Louisiana. Graduates of the nematology project currently occupy positions as nematologists in universities in the USA and abroad, and as research scientists in other state and national institutions and private industry.

Committee Assignments (University, Experiment Station and Departmental):

Over the years, Ed McGawley has been a judge in the Louisiana and International Science and Engineering Fairs and at the Science and Humanities Symposium. He has served as a member of the LSU Faculty Policy Committee, the Student Recruitment Committee, and the Dissertation Evaluation Committee and has served as a member of search committees for faculty members and several department heads. Within the Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, Ed McGawley has been a member or chair of the Promotion and Tenure committee, the Admissions and Standards committee, the Seminar Committee and the Facilities and Services committee.

Professional Organization Committees:

  • Editor, Nematology Newsletter, (Society of Nematologists), 1997-2000

  • Editor-in-Chief, Nematropica, (Organization of Nematologists of
    the Tropical Americas) 2001-2004

  • Executive boards: Society of Nematologists, Organization of Nematologists of the Tropical Americas)

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Society of Nematologists

  • Organization of Nematologists of the Tropical America

  • European Society of Nematologists

  • American Phytopathological Society

Conferences and Workshops:

Over the years, Ed McGawley has attended and given invited presentations at conferences and workshops around the world. In recent years, he has made presentations on his research in Brazil, Hawaii, the Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Portugal, Spain, and China.


  • William J. Fulbright Fellowship Recipient, 1996-97

  • NATO/JNICT Scholarship Recipient, 1997 Sigma Xi

  • Louisiana State University Science Club Outstanding Service Award, 2000, Society of Nematologists

  • Outstanding Service Award, 2006, Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, 2013, Society of Nematologists



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302 Life Science Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 
(225) 578-1464

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